The Perfect Episode in the Time of Quarantine →

I love everything about this episode. The fact that the team could get paid in an economically difficult time. The emotional relevance of the isolation & hardship of social distancing. The fact that this was pulled together — from concept to final production — in under three weeks, all shot on iPhones.

And then the ending just leaves you with a big fat smile on your face, to remind you than in tough times like this, we can get through it together with creativity.

Flak Sack 2 by LocTote

In preparation for my trip to Europe this November, I have a new daypack to hold a water bottle and my jacket when indoors. I don't feel comfortable wearing my usual backpacks/daypacks because pickpockets are widely known for slashing pockets to steal valuables, so I'm glad found the strongest, most portable sling bag out there.

This will also come in handy for future beach/pool trips when I need to leave my phone, keys, and wallet by my towel while I'm out in the water.

Alex Kennedy: You learned Bruce Lee’s style of martial arts (Jeet Kune Do), took tap-dancing lessons and studied how great white sharks and cheetahs hunt their prey because you felt those things would help you improve as a player. Are there any other unconventional things you studied or did in an effort to hone your craft?

Kobe Bryant: Well, I called John Williams in 2008 and talked to him for a while about the way he conducts his orchestras. Because, if you think about it, it’s such a difficult thing to do – there are so many instruments and all these different sections, from the woodwinds to the percussion to the horns and all sorts of stuff. And he has to lead all of those sections, all of those people, to create one harmonious sound. So, how do you do that? I sat down with him for a bit and picked his brain about it because I felt like there were a lot of similarities between what he does and what I have to do on the basketball court. And some of the things he said to me were fascinating. One thing he said was, “Kobe, if I hear something is off, I can just interject and give them the answer. But I’ve found it’s better to ask them questions [about fixing what’s off] because most of the time, the answer I’ll get back will be a better answer than the one I had.” That really helped me from a leadership standpoint and how I handled the guys on my team going forward. This was coming off of our loss to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 NBA Finals. But I showed up to training camp for the 2008-09 season and changed my approach to leadership, just based on the way that John Williams conducts his orchestra.

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